Authors: Layli Long Soldier, Oglala Lakota

ISBN: 978-1-55597-767-2

PUB Date: 2017. 121 pp.

Reviewer: Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (Labrador Inuk)


Lakota Sioux poet and storyteller Layli Long Soldier has earned several prestigious awards for her writing. Her tenacity and fortitude were demonstrated on the page and her formal education reinforced her messages. Throughout Whereas, she artistically places her words with an urgency where the reader may feel moved to read her poems aloud to hear the subtle drumbeat. “But tonight I cannot bring myself to swing a worn hammer at poverty to pound the conditions of that slow frustration.” Long Soldier used her native language, while other times she uses Old English vocabulary. I was intrigued and perplexed by some poems, and for good reason. Some pieces were a reflection of motherhood while other poems taught, as in her poem 38, that tells the story of 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in 1862 by the government. Lakota Sioux stories are valuable and must be told for future generations.


Author: Meena Alexander

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3760-8

PUB: 2018. 86 pp.


A delicate chronicle that allows the reader to surrender to the beauty of sorrow and memory.

Atmospheric Embroidery

Author: Marcus Jackson

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3691-5

PUB: 2018. 65 pp.


A rare glimpse into the longing that accompanies the angst of reconciliation.

Pardon My Heart

Author: Jennifer Givhan

ISBN: 978-0-253-03279-9

PUB: 2018. 80 pp.


Daring and heartbreaking, this collection confronts the disruptive layers of the excavation of womanhood.

Girl with Death Mask

Author: Shayla Lawson

ISBN: 978-0-9899797-8-8

PUB: 2018. 134 pp.


A surrealist jaunt through space and time, groundless in form and lyric.

I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean

Editor: Melissa Castillo-Garsow

ISBN: 978-1-55885-842-8

PUB Date: 2018. 415 pp.


A well-crafted, rare anthology featuring Afro-Latin@ poets who chronicle diasporic histories and inter-cultural racism, while celebrating their complex cultural identities.



Author: Amy Meng

ISBN: 978-1-55885-842-8

PUB: 2018. 415 pp.


A delicate musing that traverses the landscape of relationships.


Author: Cameron Barnett

ISBN: 978-1-938769-26-9

PUB: 2017. 96 pp.


An elegant interlacing of identity, history and self-interrogation.

The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water

Author: Cyrus Cassells

ISBN: 978-0-8093-3660

PUB: 2018. 106 pp.


Illuminating, lyrical, a poetic read that journeys into a sensory and imaginative collection.

The Gospel According to Wild Indigo

Author: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

ISBN: 978-0-8101-3696-0

PUB: 2018. 39 pp.


Each poem carries within it a world that holds the weight of a novel.


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